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Water quality improves after lawn fertilizer ban, study shows (28%)

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posted on Aug, 18 2009 @ 12:05 PM

Water quality improves after lawn fertilizer ban, study shows (28%)

In an effort to keep lakes and streams clean, municipalities around the country are banning or restricting the use of phosphorus-containing lawn fertilizers, which can kill fish and cause smelly algae blooms and other problems when the phosphorus washes out of the soil and into waterways.

But do the ordinances really help reduce phosphorus pollution? That's been an open question until now, says John Lehman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan.

"It's one of those things where political organizations take the action because they believe it's the
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posted on Aug, 18 2009 @ 12:05 PM
Well this is pretty telling!

I love my green lawn, but I love catching steelhead out of local rivers more.

With all the organic options out there now I think instead of cap and trade, we should ban chemical fertilizer.

I know that that will never happen with the big corporation lobbies in DC, but it's something we can do as consumers.

So if you find yourself in the fertilizer section at Home Depot, pay the extra 2 bucks and get organic. =)
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posted on Aug, 18 2009 @ 06:08 PM
Hope no one takes this the wrong way, but being a non-American ive never understood the almost fanatical devotion you lot have to your lawns... its just grass, not a garden.

In my country most of us just mow it when its long and thats that. Good to see they are doing this though in the states, in my country a large portion of our rivers are completely screwed by farm run off and nitrates. Despite our supposedly clean green image.

To me i guess i just cant fathom fertilizing grass... I mean its grass for crying out loud?
(granted some parts of America arent that grass friendly)

posted on Aug, 18 2009 @ 06:12 PM
reply to post by BigfootNZ

OH trust me, I have been trying to work out the lawn fascination. The obesession with the "living rug".

I was a well water tester, and people would have us test because their neighbors were dumping so many chemicals on their lawns they were worried about their water supplies.

The best option?


Using the natural environment as a yard.

posted on Aug, 19 2009 @ 12:15 PM
I'm no chemist but I could've predicted that. My neighbor used a
major lawn company to keep his grass green. The night after
they sprayed his yard I saw a squirrel writhing around near the
road. I put the squirrel in a box intending to care for it. It lived
for about 2 hours. I don't know what they put in their yard sprays
but it can't be good if it does that. Employees may make errors
and use far too much of certain chemicals (americans are horrible
at math). What kind of employee do you expect for $9 an hour?

My yard does fine without fertilizer, lime or seeding. I cut it only
when its over 3" or so. Only cutting when its tall helps to keep
weeds down and leaving the cuttings in place also conserves water.
I've never needed to water my yard in the 8 years I've lived at my
current house.
Can anyone find out what chemicals these companies use? I would
be very interested to know. thanks.


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